Board of Directors

Gregory A. Adams

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Board of Directors

Executive vice president and group president, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc.

Gregory A. Adams is executive vice president and group president reporting to the Chairman and CEO. He has direct responsibility for all seven Kaiser Permanente Regions, serving more than 10 million members and operating 38 hospitals and more than 620 medical office facilities. Adams' accountabilities include co-leading Enterprise Shared Services to serve the operational needs of the regions and leading Kaiser Permanente's national Medicare care delivery strategy. He also has responsibility for the organization's partnership with the National Basketball Association, the first-ever health care partnership with the NBA.

Adams was appointed president of the Northern California Region for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc. in April 2008. In January 2011, Adams was named one of the organization's group presidents, assuming additional responsibility for the Mid-Atlantic Region and various national initiatives. In July 2013, Adams was appointed executive vice president and in April 2016, he was named group president for Kaiser Permanente's seven regions. In addition to his group president responsibilities, he serves on the organization's National Executive Team and Executive Committee.

Adams has 30 years of leadership experience as a senior health care executive and strategic consultant. He started his career with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California in 1999 and has held a number of executive leadership positions within the organization. In the Southern California Region, he served as senior vice president and service area manager of the Tri-Central area and chief operating officer for the region. In 2007 he moved to Northern California, where he was associate regional president and chief operating officer before being named president.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Adams held several executive roles in the health care industry, providing strategic and operational leadership for hospitals, health systems and medical groups throughout the country. He was senior vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Catholic Healthcare West in Southern California; president and CEO of St. Bernadine Medical Center in San Bernardino, California; chief operating officer for Baptist Healthcare System of Southeast Texas; and director of Critical Care Services for the Mayo Clinic's St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He also owned a health care firm that provided strategic and operational improvement consulting for health care organizations.

Adams is past chair of the California Hospital Association's Board of Trustees and serves on the executive committee. He is a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives and also serves on the board of directors for the California Chamber of Commerce.

Adams has a bachelor's degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and a master's degree in nursing administration from Wichita State University. He speaks regularly on issues related to management, leadership and health care delivery and financing.

Patrick T. Courneya, MD

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Board of Directors

Executive vice president, Hospitals, Quality and Care Delivery Excellence; chief medical officer, Medicare Advantage, Cost and Prescription Drug Plans, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc.

Patrick Courneya, MD, is the executive vice president of Hospitals, Quality and Care Delivery Excellence and chief medical officer of Medicare Advantage, 1876 Cost, and Part D Pharmacy Plans for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc. In this role, Dr. Courneya oversees Kaiser Permanente's national quality agenda, helps ensure the organization's members and communities receive the best quality and service Kaiser Permanente offers, and advocates for the advancement of evidence-based medicine and proven innovation for the industry.

Dr. Courneya previously served 10 years as medical director and associate medical director for HealthPartners Health Plan. Additionally, he has played a significant role in advancing health care quality and innovation on a national level. Dr. Courneya is the former chair of the America's Health Insurance Plans' Chief Medical Officer Leadership Council, and in 2014, finished serving as chair of the Medical Directors Council of the Alliance of Community Health Plans.

Dr. Courneya received his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota. He completed his family practice residency at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn. in 1988 and remains board certified in that specialty. He has served as medical leader in various roles at medical group, hospital and health plan levels. He has had 25 years of experience in active clinical practice.

Ruta Fanning

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Board of Directors

Ruta Fanning's career began in private-sector finance before she transitioned to Washington state service, including 28 years in senior executive-level positions, such as director of the Office of Financial Management. She also served as director of the Higher Education coordinating board and vice president for Finance and Administration, The Evergreen State College. Most recently, she served as legislative auditor, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee.

Fanning served on the Group Health Cooperative Board of Trustees. Her other board experience includes Nisqually Land Trust, Citizen Commission for Tax Preferences and The Olympian Editorial Board.

Fanning holds a bachelor's degree in biology, Pacific Lutheran University, and a master's degree in public administration, University of Washington. She resides in Olympia, Washington.

Judith A. Johansen, JD

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Board of Directors

Judith A. Johansen, JD, has served on the boards of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. since April 2006. She serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee and is also a member of the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee, Governance, Accountability and Nominating Committee and the Quality and Health Improvement Committee. From July 2008 to 2013, she held the position of president of Marylhurst University in Portland, Ore. From 2001 to 2006, Johansen was president and CEO of PacifiCorp, also in Portland - she joined the company in 2000 as executive vice president of Regulation and External Affairs. From 1998 to 2000, she served as CEO and administrator of Bonneville Power Administration, and from 1996 to 1998 was vice president, business development at Avista Energy (formerly Washington Water Power Co.).

She also serves on the boards of the Nature Conservancy, Oregon Chapter, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., Roseburg Forest Products, Pacific Continental Bank and IDACORP, Inc.

Johansen received a bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado State University and a juris doctor degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis &Clark College.

Kim J. Kaiser

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Board of Directors

Kim J. Kaiser has served on the boards of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. since April 2004. He is a member of the Governance, Accountability and Nominating Committee, the Quality and Health Improvement Committee and the Community Benefit Committee. Kaiser served as a pilot for Alaska Airlines from 1979 until retiring in 2013, serving as a line captain, management pilot, instructor pilot and check airman. As a flight manager, he developed crew procedures, training programs and policies for the introduction of a new fleet of 737 aircraft. He also developed policies, procedures and training programs for the introduction of several industry-leading new technologies pioneered by Alaska Airlines. Maintaining and improving operational safety has been a key component of these management positions, along with working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure compliance in all training and operational areas.

Prior to joining Alaska Airlines, Kaiser was an economic analyst for Boeing Aerospace Co. from 1977 to 1979, providing economic analysis and marketing support to Boeing military aircraft programs. From 1971 to 1975, Kaiser was an instructor pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He has served on several aviation industry technical committees, and as a trustee of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the Children's Home Society of Washington. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Puget Sound and a master's degree from the University of Washington.

Kathy Lancaster

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Board of Directors

Executive vice president and chief financial officer, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc.

Kathy Lancaster joined Kaiser Permanente in 1998. She was promoted to chief financial officer in 2005 and has accountability for the Controller’s Office, Treasury, Capital Planning, Enterprise Shared Services including National Facilities Services and Pharmacy Operations, and Finance Operations groups including Supply Chain, Sourcing, Financial Services and Revenue Cycle. She also provides financial leadership for all of Kaiser Permanente’s regions and national business units.

Prior to her current role, Lancaster held various strategy and financial planning roles within Kaiser Permanente. For more than three decades she has partnered with employers, providers and members in health care delivery, focusing on new product development, network management and health plan operations.

Before coming to Kaiser Permanente, she held a number of senior leadership roles in underwriting and network management for Prudential Insurance Company’s western region. She also spearheaded the company’s health maintenance organization in Northern California, leading the region’s successful financial turnaround.

Meg Porfido, JD

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Board of Directors

Meg Porfido, JD, joined the boards of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. on Nov. 1, 2011. She has both private and public sector experience and formerly served as a member of the management team at Level 3 Communications, a global company based in Broomfield, Colo., which provides communications services for one of the world's largest fiber-based networks. From 2006-08, she was the company's chief human resources officer. Before that, she held various management roles for over eight years, with a focus on communications, performance management and reporting.

Before joining Level 3, Porfido served as chief of staff to former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer. In that role, she managed the cabinet, which oversaw state government operations and services, and advised the governor and senior managers on legal, budget, operations, personnel and policy issues. She also served as liaison to the business community. Prior to that, she was the governor's general counsel, working with the attorney general providing legal support to the governor and cabinet, and as the legislative liaison. Porfido also practiced law at the private law firms of Brownstein, Hyatt in Denver and Skadden, Arps in Washington, D.C. She began her career as a legislative assistant to the late Congressman Mike Synar.

She currently serves as chair of the board of directors of Global Education Fund, a non-profit based in Boulder, Colo., which seeks to empower children living in poverty around the world through education. From 2009 to 2013, she was a member of the Colorado State Board of Community Colleges and Occupation Education, appointed by then Governor Bill Ritter.

Porfido holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Delaware and a law degree from George Washington University Law School.

Constance W. Rice

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Board of Directors

Constance W. Rice, PhD, is the senior executive fellow for Casey Family Programs, the nation's largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, Casey Family Programs works in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live.

Rice was formerly the managing director for Knowledge Management for Casey Family Programs. The team provides subject matter content for strategic consultants working in 50 states and jurisdictions. Information includes, but is not limited to: child protection policy, immigration, best practices, education, employment, housing, mental health and kinship care.

Rice has made her mark in many areas of national and international service. As founder and past president of Strategic Education Centers, she and her advisory board established two educational centers in Swaziland. She also served as national founding executive director of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, USA. Dedicated to establishing the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, the foundation is now located in New York City.

Rice is also known for establishing Health and Nutrition Programs for seven elementary schools, which provided dinners for students and their families and educational workshops on budgeting, anger management, tutoring and urban gardening. She also partnered with the Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA to launch the 2011-12 global scholar program in conjunction with the Black Achievers Project. She has lectured extensively on the importance of diversity in Japan - Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe.

She is former vice chancellor and senior chancellor of Seattle Community Colleges. She also served as interim president of North Seattle Community College and is a former affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. She was chair of Women and Ethnic studies at Shoreline Community College. Rice holds a graduate degree from the University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, and a doctor of philosophy from the University of Washington, College of Education.

She has held leadership positions on the following boards: Seattle Community College District, Seattle Art Museum Executive Board Community and Education Engagement Committee, and served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Washington Student Achievement Council, including as its vice chair. Rice served on the University of Washington Visiting Committee for the Evans School. She is past national western area vice director of The Links, Inc., and served on the board of directors, Downtown Rotary, the Rainier Club, The Seattle Foundation and Swedish Hospital.

She is married to Norman B. Rice, former mayor of the city of Seattle.

Michael D. Wilson

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Board of Directors

Michael Wilson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University and his master's in Business and Public Administration from Southeastern University in Washington, D.C. His early health care career began as a bedside social worker in Veterans Affairs, where his internship in administration began. In the VA, he became the chief of administrative services in Loma Linda, California, and served one year as the acting associate director for the medical center.

For 31 years, Wilson held health care leadership positions in Spokane, Washington, progressing from chief operating officer to president to chief executive officer for Providence Healthcare in Eastern Washington. The responsibility included four regional hospitals and medical centers, nursing homes, home health agency, regional laboratory, a medical group that grew to more than 450 physicians, and numerous outpatient facilities in the region. During his tenure he served on numerous civic and non-profit boards, chaired the Washington State Hospital Association, served as chair for United Way, and was a board member on the American Hospital Association regional policy board.

After retiring in late 2013, Wilson is presently serving on numerous boards, including Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington; Catholic Charities, where he was appointed by the governor to the Health Sciences and Services Association Board; the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Board; and the Spokane Community Colleges, where he has served as chair for the past two years. He recently served as the executive director for Spokane Community Health Center, which sponsors all graduate medical education in the region, and has been appointed as chair, Regional Advisory Board for University of Washington/Gonzaga medical school in Spokane. Wilson also occasionally consults with health care organizations on various health care-related topics.